The Rare Barrel Avec des Amis
What the brewers say
"A blend of golden sour beer, mixed-culture saison, and hopped wheat beer aged in oak barrels and fruited with fresh white peaches and white nectarines."
What our panel thought
"Aroma is nice with a fair amount of Lactobacillus coming through and a hint of peaches. A touch of Brett funk. A nice honey character. All in all, an exquisitely good fruited American sour."
What our editors thought
"Brilliant and vivacious with mild acidity and lychee/kiwi note like a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The fruit serves the flavor, rather than the flavor echoing the fruit."